Diocesan Bishop of Natal retires

2015-10-28 06:00
  Bishop Rubin Phillip, Diocesan Bishop of Natal has retired.

Bishop Rubin Phillip, Diocesan Bishop of Natal has retired.

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BISHOP Rubin Phillip, Diocesan Bishop of Natal, celebrated his last service at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity, Pietermaritzburg, in his capacity as Bishop on 24 October.

It was a poignant moment when Bishop Rubin formally laid down his office, followed by the congregation’s acceptance and blessing, thus ending 15 years of shepherding the Anglican Church as Diocesan Bishop. Bishop Rubin grew up in Durban and went into the ministry 44 years ago.

An indefatigable champion of human rights, he worked alongside men such as Steve Biko in the early days of the Black Consciousness Movement.

The unstinting sacrifices made by him and his wife, Rosemary, were recognised in 2009 when he received the Bremen International Peace Award.

As Diocesan Bishop, he not only demonstrated a flair for administration, but also brought a prophetic voice into the Diocese as he challenged issues of human rights abuse.

Many people will remember him too, for his deep pastoral concern for those in need. The Bishop maintains that in his retirement, he intends to write and to spend time with his grandchildren. He will also continue to work towards reconciliation, justice and peace throughout Africa.

The Bishop Elect for the Diocese is Bishop Dino Gabriel, currently Bishop of Zululand. Italian by birth and Roman Catholic by upbringing, Bishop Dino brings with him a cosmopolitan richness that will build on the legacy left behind by Bishop Rubin. Bishop Dino will be installed as Diocesan Bishop of Natal on 21 November.

- Jennifer Russell.

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